Nationalism was everywhere in the 19th century, as people all over the world carved new nation-states out of old empires. Nationalist leaders changed the way people thought of themselves and the places they lived by reinventing education, military service, and the relationship between government and governed. In Japan, the traditional feudal society underwent a long transformation over the course of about 300 years to become a modern nation-state. John follows the course of Japanese history from the emergence of the Tokugawa Shogunate to the Meiji Restoration, and covers Nationalism in many other countries along the way. All this, plus a special guest appearance, plus the return of an old friend on a extra-special episode of Crash Course.
The 26th as the title suggests is all about the 26th of January aka Australia Day. It’s off the debut album of the Australian funk/Hip-hop group ‘Whitehouse’, released on iTunes in 2012, called a ‘Funky Intervention’. The song and video is pretty self explanatory about the band’s views on Australia Day so we won’t go into explaining the song and its sentiment except we know it may offend those who are strongly patriotic. However if you start to feel your red white and blue blood boiling over then remember a little quote from Albert Einstein,
Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.